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2017/2018 English Premier League
  • Cesc Fàbregas (27')
  • Álvaro Morata (40')

Dominant Chelsea cruise to home victory over Everton

Chelsea secured their second Premier League win in a row as they cruised to a comfortable 2-0 triumph over Everton at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte's champions were shocked at home by Burnley on the opening Saturday of the season but defeated Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley the following week to get their season up and running.

And after a scrappy opening spell at Stamford Bridge, during which Wayne Rooney was sent crashing by an N'Golo Kante challenge, Chelsea began to settle into their stride.

They threatened when Pedro sent an acrobatic bicycle kick off target and, after Idrissa Gueye was booked for a late challenge on Cesc Fabregas, had another chance when Willian curled an effort wide of Jordan Pickford's post.

David Luiz strode forward from defence but saw a low strike held by Pickford, who repeated the trick when Pedro fired in a strike after Fabregas and Willian had set him up.

With 21 minutes gone, Rooney needed treatment after a strong challenge from Marcos Alonso but was struggling to get into the action as Everton failed to muster much threat to the Chelsea goal.

The Merseysiders were on the back foot again moments later as Pedro seized on a loose pass and led a Chelsea break but got his final pass to Willian, in space down the right, all wrong.

But after 27 minutes, Chelsea got the breakthrough their pressure merited when Fabregas fired them ahead, sidefooting past Pickford after Alvaro Morata had created the chance.

Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson tried his luck but saw a sliced strike sail off target -- but with five minutes remaining until the break, the visitors were two down as Morata headed Cesar Azpilicueta's perfect cross beyond Pickford.

Chelsea began the second half brightly, Pedro firing in another effort, before Everton made and missed a chance to get back into the match when Rooney played in Sandro only for the forward to scuff his shot.

Willian's backheel set up another opening for Victor Moses, who raced into the box before being crowded out as the home side continued to dominate proceedings.

They again came close to finding a third goal on the hour mark when Azpilicueta's cross caused havoc but no home player was able to get the final touch, and soon afterwards Moses strode forward again but sent his low shot straight at Pickford.

Rooney scuffed a shot as Everton launched a rare attack, with the frustrated former England captain then picking up a yellow card after a clash with Fabregas.

And although defender Ashley Williams shot over as Everton mustered some late pressure, with Thibaut Courtois also tipping a Gueye effort over, but Ronald Koeman's side were unable to shake Chelsea out of their comfort zone.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 16 +37 46
2 Manchester United 16 +25 35
3 Chelsea 16 +15 32
4 Liverpool 16 +14 30
5 Arsenal 16 +10 29
6 Tottenham Hotspur 16 +14 28
7 Burnley 16 +3 28
8 Leicester City 16 +1 23
9 Watford 16 -2 22
10 Everton 16 -9 19
11 Southampton 16 -3 18
12 Huddersfield Town 16 -15 18
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 -7 17
14 AFC Bournemouth 16 -4 16
15 Stoke City 16 -16 16
16 Newcastle United 16 -9 15
17 West Bromwich Albion 16 -10 13
18 West Ham United 16 -18 13
19 Swansea City 16 -9 12
20 Crystal Palace 16 -17 11

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